More information about home scholar Nathan Cornelius, the 2005 winner:
"He started taking part in the National Geographic Bee four years ago, going on to win the Minnesota state-level bee in 2003, 2004, and 2005. 'I spend a couple of hours a day studying geography by looking at atlases and geography books,' he said. I've also used the Bee quiz [on the National Geographic Web site] and the National Geographic Desk Reference.'
Cornelius also got help by reading Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Country Facts That Helped Me Win the National Geographic Bee, a book written by last year's Bee champion, Andrew Wojtanik of Kansas."